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Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE)

What is RISE:

This Spring ‘18, a new, credit-bearing opportunity is available for sophomores only. The Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE) pilot program offers sophomores the opportunity to earn .25 academic credit for internship participation allowing students to connect their liberal arts education to an off-campus, career environment. The new RISE program will also help students build career knowledge in their area of interest and be empowered to move confidently towards (or away from) a career field.

In it's inaugural year, RISE will be limited to 150 sophomore participants. Students will need to enroll in the class for Spring 2018. If a student chooses to intern at a local site, limited low-cost, on-campus housing in a double room will be available.

In the RISE program, students will:

  • Enroll in EXLN 201
  • Attend five classes during Spring semester
    (Class topics include... "Who are You? How to articulate your narrative", "Resume Building", "Internship Search and Cover Letters", "Interviewing", "Professionalism, Sexual Harassment, and You are Puget Sound")
  • Intern locally, nationally, or internationally over the summer
    Students can apply for local internships through Experiential Learning, Career & Employment Services (CES), or find their own
  • Have access to low-cost, on-campus housing in a double room
  • Tell their story
    Students create an ePortfolio final project showcasing their internship experiences - Example


EXLN 201: Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE) Internship

This course engages students in career pedagogy to provide students with preparation to search for, and engage in, a summer internship. Students will participate in a series of personal reflective analyses to uncover their strengths, define their interests in order to have a meaningful career preparatory experience. There is a strong tradition that field experience – in the broadest sense of the word – can be an important part of a college education.  In very specific ways, internships represent a form of field experience (sometimes also referred to as experiential learning).

  • Six sections of EXLN 201 will be offered, capped at 25 students. Students will need to enroll in the class for Spring 2018.
  • Class will meet once per week for five weeks (80 minutes) during the Spring ’18 term.
  • Six sections will be offered. Available class times: 1. M 12-1:20p.m. 2. M 5-6:20 p.m. 3. T 5-6:20p.m. 4. W. 5-6:20 p.m. 5. TH 5-6:20 p.m., 6. F 12-1:20p.m.
  • During the summer, students will participate in internships.
  • In-progress grading will be used to bridge the semesters.
  • During class sessions, students will learn how to prepare career documents for an internship search and get help identifying internship opportunities.
  • Students will articulate the narrative of their experience via a final project using ePortfolio. 

Participation Requirements:

  • Must be a Puget Sound student
  • Must be a sophomore (student's second year attending Puget Sound)
  • Good academic and conduct record 
  • Minimum of a 2.5 GPA
    *Exceptions will be considered via petition

Internship Information:

  • Local internship opportunities will be cultivated via Experiential Learning at Puget Sound
  • Students may also locate their own internship or consult with Career and Employment Services to find an internship. 
  • Internships may be at local, national, or international sites.
  • If a student chooses to intern at a local site, limited low-cost, on-campus housing in a double room will be made available.

Internship Requirements:

  • Students are required to intern for at least 120 hours during the summer.
  • Internships may be at local, national, or international sites.
  • Students must complete a learning agreement with their internship supervisor.

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Previous Organizations:

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Charles Wright Academy
  • City of Lakewood
  • FISH Food Banks
  • Forterra
  • Franke Tobey Jones
  • Hilltop Artists
  • Metropolitan Development Council
  • Museum of Glass
  • Nisqually Living History Museum
  • Spaceworks Tacoma
  • Tacoma Community House
  • Tacoma Historical Society
  • Tacoma Public Schools
  • Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity
  • Tacoma/Pierce County Humane Society
  • The Grand Cinema
  • Toy Boat Theatre